Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on July 11, 1974 · Page 1
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Ukiah, California
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Thursday, July 11, 1974
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Weather Northwestern California: tot patches of low fkwdi on the eoatt tonight and Friday morning; low tonight high Friday at Port Bragg 80 and 60, Udah 80 and 83; variable winds to 18 m.pJi. 114th Year No. 60 .Ukiah; Mendocino County, California—Thursday, July 11, 1974 Temperature July, 1074 Juiy,ll7» Date m La Data H La 10 „- 71 80 10 06 ft No—Today *' '^"LtwTaaajr 70 46 Rainfall .M LaatTaarO.00 12 Pages—1 Section—15 Cents PROPOSED FREEWAY - Plana for construction of a freeway from Uva Drive in Redwood Valley to a point north of School Way to include full interchanges at both points were unveiled Tuesday night by Ben Van Zant of CalTrans during a meeting at the Redwood Valley school. The present Highway 101 would become, an extension of N. State Street and would serve as a frontage road to provide access to the proposed Mendocino College site at Forsytbe Creek and for other property owners and would minimise present traffic hazards at both Uva Drive and School Way. Also proposed is a stretch of expressway north of me proposed freeway. TO WtLLlTS Vaughn opposes CCC action New guidelines hamper coast land divisions The California Coastal Commission has hampered future land divisions within its jurisdication with a new set of guidelines adopted yesterday at a meeting in Burlingame. The guidelines, adopted by a vote of 9-1 with Fort Bragg Mayor Bernie Vaughn opposed, prohibit land divisions if there is no need for additional housing in an area, if existing sewer and water facilities would not accommodate additional development, and when the division would directly or indirectly result in a significant change in the-character, resources and environment of the area. The commission promptly denied two land division applications on the Mendocino coast as not in keeping with the -guidelines. Sam Wight, an Albion fisherman, was seeking to divide a four-acre parcel into two lots. The property is located east of Highway 1,4tt miles south of Mendocino. David Paden, a Mendocino high school coach, had applied for a permit to split a 21 -acre ridge parcel into four lots near Albion... "Under these guidelines, no one can divide land in rural Mendocino County,". Paden told the commission. Little River Attorney Robert Raymond, who represented Wight, called the action a "de facto moratorium on land division along the north coast." Vaughn was extremely critical of his associates' action. ! ~™ "I feel it (guideline) is an imposition," he told the Journal this morning. "The policy should have been a little more liberal." "I also protest the fact they said we have 4 /m vacant lots withm the permit area in Mendocino County. Staff developed that . information as a planning aid, and now they're u}tng it as a lever. Some of those •re jnst paper subdivisions." The permit area is 1,000 yards inland high tide line along the Commission, voted 10- fflmmlssion to re­ evaluate its guidelines and hold public hearings. "These guidelines are depriving people of the freedom to move and settle where they want," Vaughn continued. 1 Joseph Bodovitz, executive director of the state commission, indicated the guidelines would have no effect on lots already split. However, any development on existing lots within the permit area must first be cleared by the regional and state commissions. Many of the permits approved by the North Coast commission have been denied by the state commission in the past. Sen. Gurney indicted for bribery JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (UP!) - A federal grand jury charged Sen: Edward J. Gurney R-Fla., a member of the Senate Watergate Committee, with bribery and influence peddling Wednesday in the first indictment against a U.S. senator in SO years. Gurney, in a brief , statement, proclaimed his "absolute innocence," but a Florida GOP leader said the indictment dealt a "mortal Mow" to the senator's reelection chances this fall. Gurney,, President Nixon's staunchest Republican backer on the Watergate • Committee, was charged with conspiracy, bribery, receiving unlawful compensation and four counts of making false statements to a grand jury. The indictment climaxed a 10-month investigation by the 18-member grand jury that started out as a look at favored treatment to builders by the Federal Housing Administraton (FHA) and' the Department of Housing and Urban Development and led to a $400,000 campaign "slush fund" collected for Gurney. "I maintain my absolute innocence of any wrongdoing," said Gurney in a statement issued by his Washington office after the indictments were-announced. "I have an abiding faith in the America!) system of justice and I firmly believe that I will be. proved innocent of any wrongdoing in this affair.. "I intend to fight' this move just as hard as I can, and I will be vindicated." Florida Republican Party Chairman L.E. (Tommy) Thomas said after. learning of the indictment, "I'm very sorry about mis tragic turn of events and, even though he is innocent until proven guilty, I'm sure the senator's re-election effort has, been dealt a mortal blow." In Washington, sources in the Justice Department said the last time a senator was indicted in office was Sen. Burton K. Wheeler of Montana in 1924, but the charges later were dismissed. Gurney has maintained all along that the grand jury investigation is part of a political vendetta against him by his enemies seeking to oust him from his seat, which he has held since November, 1968. The maximum penalties for all of the various charges against Gurney total 42 years in prison and at least $80,000 in fines., The fine could be much larger if the fine for bribery is calculated at three times the amount of the bribe, as provided by law. Gurney said in a televised news conference last Dec. 7 that he had no advance knowledge of the fund-raising efforts carried out on his behalf and sfiid he ordered them halted as soon as he found out about them. Fire Calls WEDNESDAY—11:11 a.m.—Washdown 100 block of South School Street. Leaking gas tank. 12:25 p.m. —Fire call to 200 Mendocino Drive. Roof fire at Peter DeBernardi residence. Minor damage to roof. 5:30 p.m.—Fire call to 407 Grove Ave., residence of Betty Dodd. Pan of grease on stove. Major damage to stove and kitchen. Minor smoke damage throughout home. Rebozo channeled Hughes' monies Nixon improved home with campaign funds NCO wins federal grant for alcoholism project The North Coast seating in Goalala t to ask the .state North Coast Opportunities has been granted approval of a $163,000 federal grant for an alcoholism pilot project in Mendocino County aimed at treatment and education. Bud Grans of the county mental health clinic will be interim director of the Mendocino County Alcoholism Program, with Dr. Richard Drury and mental health staff acting as technical advisors. The program is due to get underway Oct. 1. The grantfrom the National Institute for Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse is the result of two years of work involving several county agencies and former staffers at Mendocino State Hospital. Hie purpose of the project will be to provide counseling in all parts of the county to identify and treat alcoholics, and to educate the public oh the dangers and symptoms of alcoholism. Gran adds, that emphasis will be placed on getting information to persons not formerly exposed to alcohol abuse education. , The project will provide individual and group counseling, treatment programs, family and vocational counseling, and a recovery or residential facility. The education program will extend to schools and community organizations. Films and literature will be available. Gran indicates the new program is in keeping with the state's requirement that all counties have a comprehensive alcoholism program. "In the field of alcoholism programs, every one has always worked," Gran pointed out. Continued funding of the project from NIAAA is hoped for. "We want to provide new places for people to go that are easily accessible and where they can be at ease," the interim director added. NEED AN EXPERT?! W SEE THE SERVICE GUIDE] DAILY IN THE CLASSIFY WASHINGTON (UPI) - Charles G. "Bebe" Rebozo channeled secret campaign funds into improvements on President Nixon's Key Biscayne estate and to buy diamond earrings for Mrs. Nixon's birthday, the Senate Watergate Committee suggests in a section of its final report." The report said Rebozo kept the fund in bis Key Biscayne bank and that it was composed mainly of a $100,000 cash contribution from billionaire Howard Hughes and a $90,000 contribution from food store chain owner A.D. Davis. The 350-page report, approved Wednesday by the committee more than a year after it began its historic Watergate' hearings, will be just a chapter in the committee's final report expected to be released Sunday. White House Press Secretary Ronald L. Ziegler said today the Rebozo-Nixon campaign funds report mostly was "surmise, suggestion and conjecture with little supporting facts." He said Nixon never asked Rebozo, the President's longtime friend, to raise or maintain campaign funds. Ziegler was especially critical of Sen. Sam J. Ervin, D- N.C., the committee chairman, who Ziegler said presumably made the decision to release the campaign funds section before the entire report was made public. Using four .secret trust funds in various banks,- Rebozo laundered campaign donations and used the money for improvements he ordered for Nixon's estate, the report said. One check cleared through the trust accounts was part of a $5,650 payment made by Nixon to New York jeweler Harry Winston for platinum and diamond earrings the President gave his wife Pat for her 60th birthday in 1972. "The funds in this special account were derived from the Florida Nixon for President Committee," the report said. "Therefore, $4,563.38 of the funds originally derived from campaign contributions were used to purchase the platinum diamond earrings." Presidential Press Secretary Ronald L. Ziegler ridiculed the report as "warmed over (baloney." He said in a statement: "These unsubstantiated charges have been leaked and releaked and' now the committee is trying to serve them up for a third time around." The report said the Nixon-Rebozo arrangement for handling Key Biscayne improvements was set up the day after Nixon's first inauguration in 1989. But the White House, in a letter attached to the report, denied such an arrangement existed. James D. St.Clair, Nixon's Watergate lawyer, refused to respond to most of the evidence offered by the committee, but said in the letter he wanted to "convey the President's assurance that he never in- Tentative college budget estimated at $1,630,321 "Professor" Walt Robie,' business manager of Mendocino College, after giving a short, informative lecture on the intricacies of community college budgeting, illustrated with examples from VIRGINIA HARWOOD New college board prexy district projections for 1974-75, Wednesday presented a tentative balanced budget for the coming year totaling $1,630,321 in anticipated income, expenditures and balances to the board of trustees for approval. Robie's illustrated lecture, with slide as State money for Hopland sewage treatment plant Sen. Randolph Collier today announced that Hopland has been sent a state grant contract to assist in the construction of sewage treatment facilities under the State-Federal Clean Water grant program. The total eligible project cost is estimated to be $762,000. The State Water Resources Control Board and the Federal Environmental Protection Agency administer the construction grant program in an intensive effort of clean up major sources of water pollution. Of the total grant amount, $92,250 is from the $250 million Clean Water bond approved by California voters in 1970 and $571,500 is from the federal government. The facilities to be built are in conformance with the area's comprehensive basin plan' drawn up by the Regional Water Quality board, the state board and the community. The goal is to provide secondary or better treatment of domestic wastewater discharges to meet state and federal standards for protection of water quality. well as budget projections, followed' shortly after Virginia Harwood,/Branscomb, was elected president of the Mendocino Community College district board of trustees, as the college moves closer to the September start of its second full academic year. Mrs. Harwood, prominent Branscomb business and community leader, succeeds Attorney Leo. Cook, who served as first president of the first board of trustees of the new district. Elected vice president was Al Canepa Jr., Willits; with Donna Ek, Ukiah, elected clerk of the board. Supt. Pete DeVries will continue as secretary. The 1974-75 final college budget will formally be adopted at. a special Aug. 7 public budget hearing. The board will continue its policy of meeting the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, but will not meet Aug. 14. Its meetings are held at 4:30 p.m. in room 501 of the Fairgrounds interim campus. Robie has projected $64,505 in anticipated income from federal sources; $294,117 from state sources, including a principal apportionment in basic and equalization aid of $170,328. Also anticipated are $183,064 in county and $963,635 in local income, making a total of $1,505,321 in total estimated income, which with a cash ending balance of $125,000 will bring the budgeted anticipated income of the district to $1,630,321. Included in the anticipated $1,630,321 proposed expenditures is a $90,190 appropriation for contingencies. Salaries and employe benefits account for an overwhelming portion of the proposed expenditures in the college's second full year of operation. structed C.G. Rebozo to raise and maintain funds to be expended on the President's personal behalf, nor so far as he knows, was this ever done." But, citing numerous bank records, sworn testimony, bills from Flordia contractors, White House staff memos and sworn testimony from a number of individuals, the report said: "There is evidence that the fund which Rebozo maintained in Florida consisted of campaign funds." A check of Nixon's finances, including his income tax returns and a complete financial statement the White House made public earlier, showed no evidence that Nixon had reimbursed Rebozo for the expenditures. Rebozo ordered and paid for a total of $45,977 in improvements at Key Biscayne, including a new swimming pool, a golf putting green, a fireplace and a billiard table, the report said. Rebozo has maintained that he kept the Hughes money untouched in a safe deposit box for three years before returning it. But the committee said there was considerable evidence some of the money was used in the Rebozo trust funds during that period. In one instance, the report said, Rebozo deposited $23,000 in $100 bills in one of the secret trust accounts, which was immediately used to pay for improvements on the properties. "At the time the $100 bills were deposited, the only cash Rebozo bad was the $100 bills from Hughes," a committee investigator told UPI in discussing the report. "We checked bis personal income, the salary payments he received from his job as bank president,' and he never retained that kind of cash." The report said the committee was unable to directly link the Hughes cash payments to a Justice Department decision to drop antitrust action when the reclusive billionaire wanted to buy another hotel in Las Vegas. Warren's body lies in repose in Court building WASHINGTON (UPI) — Twelve past and present Supreme Court justices today stood in single file on front steps of the marble-columned Supreme Court building and received the flag-draped casket bearing the body of former Chief Justice Earl Warren. The 12 jurists who served with Warren during his 16 years as chief justice stood silently as Warren's casket was carried by a detail of Court police. After the casket was placed on the catafalque inside, C. Leslie Glenn, cannon of the Washington Cathedral, said a prayer. Each justice then expressed condolences and kissed Warren's widow, who was garbed in black. After, the black-draped chair that Warren occupied while on the bench was placed behind the casket, four of Warren's clerks took up positions as an honor guard. Only a scattering of people witnessed the ceremony, along with members of the Supreme Court staff. Warren's body was to lie in repose until 12:20 p.m. Friday, when it will be taken to the National Cathedral for funeral services. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery: Shaw seeks to block N. State fire station A suit filed Wednesday by Lu-Ann Properties, Jack Shaw, owner, may check a head-long rush by the Ukiah city council to acquire a former Gulf service station. site on N. State Street and Empire Drive for use as a fire station. ,. Despite protests by Shaw, whose Lu-Ann Motel borders on the north, and other property owners in that area that the site is undesirable for a fire station due to . traffic hazards and noise pollution, the council voted unanimously June 5 to acquire the property. An advisory committee to the council also voted unanimously that the site be purchased by the dry. Fire Chief Ken Donohue had originally inspected the station which Includes a building, as a possible location for a two- pumper facility mainly to provide, in cooperation with the Ukiah Valley fire protection district, additional protection for the north city area and residential areas lying east of the city. Before the city could take action, the property was purchased for $75,000 by Rich and Karen Keehn of Hopland and the city is in the process of negotiating with the Keehna for purchase of the property. The legal action is a petition for writ of administrative mandamus and complaint for injunctive relief and damages with the five members of the city council as defendants. The suit asks that the decision of the, council be set aside by the court oh the basis that the dty has not complied With the environmental quality act of 1970 regarding the necessity for environmental impact reports. The petition further alleges that plaintiff maintains a motel and: restaurant and that the economic value of the propertiea would be diminished should a Are station be located on that site. It also accuses the dty of violating its own zoning ordinances

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